We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
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Saturday, March 17. 2018
"Shakespeare did not write his plays to torture adolescent children in school."
I don't know who said that. Furthermore, he did not write them to be read except by actors.
After a few weeks of these simple low-impact calisthenics/cardio daily, you can begin to advance, lengthen, and intensify your overall program. Ignore those calories - it's not true and it means nothing.
These trainers talk kind of silly, but that's normal. The girl shows you how to modify if you can't keep up with the guy yet:
Irish ancestry as a % of each state's population
The St. Patrick’s Day Parade in New York is 14 years older than our country, dating to 1762. The parade’s line of march is traditionally led by the honor guard of the 69th Regiment of the New York State National Guard, the storied “Fighting 69th.” And therein lies a tale.
2 Dead Sea Scrolls Displayed for 1st Time at US Museum
Most people think they have improved their significant other
Dazzling Dendrites - Beholding the brain, in sketches by the 'father of neuroscience.'
Would-be writers: Why they hate Margaret Atwood
Hollywood director Gilliam hits out at #MeToo 'mob rule'
Academics reeling as market discipline comes to the University of Wisconsin
How To Stop School Shootings (video)
Training Manual Clearly Tells Florida Deputies to ‘Confront the Shooter‘
Student Suspended For Refusing To Leave Classroom During Gun Control Walkout
It Pays To Have Good PR: Compared to Jeff Skilling, Elizabeth Holmes Gets Slap On the Wrist for Outright Fraud
Ruth Marcus’s defense of aborting children with Down syndrome shows the danger of appeals to the majority consensus.
High Court to Say if Pregnancy Centers Can Be Forced to Advertise Abortions
Big Storms Brewing in California, Other Places for Clinton Foundation
Andrew McCabe, Trump’s foil at the FBI, is fired hours before he could retire
Friday's firing of FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, based on a report from the Office of Professional Responsibility, is only the beginning of what is likely to be the most explosive series of revelations in American history.
The guy lied to government officials. Regular people would be jailed for that - see Martha Stewart. Anyway, he's too young for retirement.
Robert Mueller Isn’t Mr. Integrity — He Wants to Destroy Donald Trump
Hiring John Bolton Would Be a Betrayal of Donald Trump's Base - The president won the 2016 election with foreign-policy positions antithetical to those championed by the perennially hawkish Iraq War supporter.
UMich Sentiment Soars To Record High As Poorest Americans Rejoice
China will ban people with poor ‘social credit’ from planes and trains
Big Brother is watching you
50 years after My Lai massacre, survivors remember: 'I had to climb over so many bodies'
Friday, March 16. 2018
Just wanted to set the record straight on the historical facts. Even worse, his name wasn't Patrick.
He was an England-born slave of Irish raiders.
The Irish do not cook Corned Beef and Cabbage - except for American tourists
What is Irish? Shepherd's Pie is.
I happen to love corned beef and cabbage (plus potatoes) - as long as there is plenty of horseradish mustard and beer.
The real name of the meal is New England Boiled Dinner. I cook it all together in a giant pot. If the beef needs a knife, it's underdone. I think it should almost crumble.
I will make some for my Irish father-in-law tomorrow. No Guiness, though. It really does not go with food in my opinion. Heck, it's a meal in itself. In Irish pubs, they throw one or two raw eggs in it, stir it up, and call it breakfast.
Things everybody (including Amy Wax, Ted Dalrymple, and Charles Murray) understands about functioning
Everybody knows what ingredients can result in unfortunate lives regardless of money: bad luck, bad genes, low IQ (half of the population is below average), addiction, maladaptive, annoying, (or intolerable, eg sociopathic or impulsive) character traits, poor judgement, unappealing appearance, mental illness, poor social awareness, low-functioning parents, poor child-rearing and lack of a father, etc. etc.
As we reiterate here, a stable bourgeois life is tough enough for most, even if lacking in those obstacles. Everybody is insufficient, and everybody stumbles. I know people with beautiful fulfilling lives, but have never known anybody who has not endured grievous troubles or terrible years. Peterson keeps saying "Life is suffering." No, but it has its share of it. You can count on that. Tragedy is unavoidable.
Posted by Bird Dog in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 14:45 | Comments (3) | Trackbacks (0)
From a Scottish student in the US: Presumption and self-censorship
It's like the Red Guard out there. George Orwell said "In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act."
Two from Karl Kraus:
"Education is what most people receive, many pass on, and few have."
"Keep your passions in check, but beware of giving your reason free rein."
K-12: The War on Boys and Men
Israeli Team of Researchers Restore 20/20 Vision with Nanotechnology
Author hates rich people
George Will: The Real Down Syndrome ‘Problem’
Champion Swimmer with Down Syndrome Says Unborn Babies with the Condition Have a Right to Life
86% of university presidents cite negative effects of ‘liberal political bias on campus’
Suspect in 'white powder' letter to Trump Jr. donated to Dems, posted anti-Trump rants on Facebook
Antifa Radical Charged with Hateful Vandalism Raises Over $80k Thanks to L.A. Times Article
The National School Walkout Sums Up Our Middle School Politics
Teacher on Leave After Questioning Whether School Would Let Pro-Life Students Walk Out, Too - "Would that be allowed by the administration?"
Your Right to Free Speech, Like My Right to Self-Defense, Isn’t Open to Debate - Rallying to call for restrictive laws is a whole lot easier than getting people to submit to them.
Shaquille O'Neal: Put More Police Officers in Schools Instead of Banning Guns
US gets tougher on Russia; new sanctions, accusations
Trump administration sanctions Russians for interfering in 2016 elections
WSJ: The Pyongyang-Tehran Axis - Fixing or scrapping the Iran nuclear deal is the best thing Trump can do to denuclearize North Korea.
Thursday, March 15. 2018
She's the young assistant teacher in Canada who got in trouble for showing a 30-second TV clip of Jordan Peterson in a class. A lefty who was mugged by greater lefties. She is smart and charming too.
The words which got Penn Law Prof Amy Wax in trouble (my bolds):
There are so many things today one hesitates to preach, or even to utter. You can get in trouble. Crazy world in which it can be dangerous to say obvious things.
"The same people who insist that buying a gun at a store, which at a minimum requires a government-issued ID and background check, is too easy will also tell you that requiring an ID to vote is an impossibly high hurdle to expect average people to overcome."
Via Woodpile Report
All the ways daylight saving time screws with you - When entire countries lose an hour of sleep simultaneously, bad things happen.
Hubert de Givenchy’s greatest gift to women
Plastic particles found in bottled water
Can't hurt you - it is inert
Jewish for the jokes by Harry Stein
Let the Boys Fight: Why Anti-Bullying Policies Fail and Why Fighting May Be the Answer
Famed archaeologist forged murals, inscriptions for decades
Guardian: Bolshevik “Petrograd Revolution” Required to Overthrow Climate Complacency
Any excuse will do
At The Times, Promoting The Climate Scare With Fake Information
California lost 9,000 business HQs and expansions, mostly to Texas, 7-year study says
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo Takes Part in Anti-Gun Die-In Protest – Surrounded by Armed Guards
Pay-to-Play Government - The Joseph Percoco verdicts reveal how doling out cash has become the unquestioned premise of running New York.
Guilty verdict for Percoco leaves Cuomo looking terrible
Entitlements: The "Most Predictable Economic Crisis in History" - It’s not just libertarians and conservatives who recognize that there is a problem.
Mexican flags fly at San Diego anti-Trump rally and press tries to hide it
Hillary ’08 Campaign Manager: Her Latest “Deplorables” Comments Were Pretty Bad, Huh
North Korea is even weirder — and more scary — than you know
Britain’s Grooming Gang Crisis
German Court Orders Volkswagen Rehire Suspected ISIS Recruiter Who Told Coworkers They'd 'All Die'
Wednesday, March 14. 2018
Stephen Hawking made his reputation in theorizing about radiation from black holes. This brief summary is over my head.
Posted by The News Junkie in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 19:26 | Comment (1) | Trackbacks (0)
• For social justice, focus on symmetry and risk sharing. You cannot make profits and transfer the risks to others, as bankers and large corporations do. You cannot get rich without owning your own risk and paying for your own losses. Forcing skin in the game corrects this asymmetry better than thousands of laws and regulations.
• Ethical rules aren’t universal. You’re part of a group larger than you, but it’s still smaller than humanity in general.
• Minorities, not majorities, run the world. The world is not run by consensus but by stubborn minorities imposing their tastes and ethics on others.
• You can be an intellectual yet still be an idiot. “Educated philistines” have been wrong on everything from Stalinism to Iraq to low-fat diets.
• Beware of complicated solutions (that someone was paid to find). A simple barbell can build muscle better than expensive new machines.
• True religion is commitment, not just faith. How much you believe in something is manifested only by what you’re willing to risk for it.
Posted by The Barrister in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 15:51 | Comments (2) | Trackbacks (0)
Every few weeks, I will cut a day out for recovery if I feel I need it. That's an age factor, I think. However, consistency is key.
Two years of that program will get anybody of any age, gender, or condition into decent fitness - with the appropriate nutrition for weight-gain or loss. Physical renovation, literally. Lean, no bulging muscles but just solid strength, endurance, and athleticism. I am towards the northern region of middle age, so I can speak to this with some authority. Not to mention a deplorable history of intermittent tobacco abuse.
Re the calisthenics component, right now I take one cross-train class/week (basically no-rest cardio/calis, lots of burpees, rowing, mountain climbers, and jumping around), and a mixed calis/HIIT session I do on my own for 75 minutes/wk on Sat. morning.
Typically I do 3 circuits of each group of four exercises until my time runs out. I see many guys and gals doing similar sorts of circuits on their own at the gym, but classes push the cardio and sweat harder than many will do on their own.
Below the fold, the typical circuits I use after a 5-minute elliptical warm-up and calf stretch. It's not classic HIIT, but it works in the same way. I do classic HIIT weekly on the treadmill - 30-sec sprint, 2 min slow walk.
This is classic old-fashioned "exercise" (asterisks for the things I consider HIIT) --
Continue reading "Mixing your Calisthenics Day(s) with HIIT - Old-fashioned "exercise""
Why are antiques now so cheap?
Nobody wants frumpy old stuff any more
Spring Break is on as tens of thousands descend on beaches for debauchery
How to Ace the Job Interview
How to Get Your Resume Past the Applicant Tracking System
Cornell’s Asian Americans may get their own segregated dorm area.
THE IGNOBLE LIE - HOW THE NEW ARISTOCRACY MASKS ITS PRIVILEGE
New Jersey Prepares To Raise Taxes On "Almost Everything" As It Nears Financial Disaster
You Failed Hillary Clinton, America, and She Won't Forget It
Mueller’s New Star Witness Against Trump Caught Partying at Exclusive Island Resort with Bill Clinton
Obama aide started Christopher Steele-FBI alliance
Obama Campaign Hired Fusion GPS To Investigate Romney
The mayor of London read racist tweets about himself during SXSW as a plea for Facebook and Twitter to stop hate speech
Steyn not happy with the state of free speech in the UK
How Trump’s ‘Maximum Pressure’ Strategy Got North Korea to the Table
Tuesday, March 13. 2018
Articles like that are so misguided and cynical that it makes me sad. Clearly there are hundreds of sorts of education, some formal and some informal, some practical and some impractical.
I learned the Bible in Sunday school, in college, in church, and in a men's study group. Enriched my life greatly. Never helped me get a job.
If you work for Trump, do not expect to be treated in a civil manner.
Here is Rall with the great Bob Fosse:
Posted by Dr. Joy Bliss in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 14:09 | Comment (1) | Trackbacks (0)
Currently, jails are said to be the largest mental health facilities in the US. Have we have returned to Bedlam? More likely, family homes are the largest, jails second, and the streets third. Rightly or wrongly, government-coerced "help" was politically and morally abandoned.
If you are a parent or relative of an impaired person, and have some assets, best thing is to make a trust for them with a good trustee. The low-functioning relative might reject all that, but it's all one can do. Once upon a time, there were permanent "retreats" and "homes" for such people, but when government got in the game they became hellholes.
I have no solution. Functioning at a high level is challenging enough for all of us even without tragic difficulties.
The Bath School Massacre: The Worst School Attack in U.S. History
Portraits of Schoolkids Learning Firearm Safety in Rural Indiana, 1956
America's War on Pain Pills Is Killing Addicts and Leaving Patients in Agony
Narrative needed to explain why global warming causes cold weather
Interesting Facts About The New York Real Estate Market
INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS ARE KEEPING COMMUNITY COLLEGES AFLOAT
ICE seeks illegal immigrant in Colorado fatal hit-and-run who bonded out of jail
Is It Racist to Call Maxine Waters Stupid, Considering How Stupid She Is?
Clinton Blames Her Loss on White Women Listening to Their Husbands
Confirmed: Hillary still is Bitter, Tone-Deaf, hates The Deplorables, and is not well
I hate Trump, but I love these tariffs
Trump Is More Like Recent Presidents Than Anyone Wants To Admit - On trade, foreign policy, and so much more, he's Clinton, Bush, and Obama without the charm and respect. That can be a good thing.
Britain's May Condemns Russians For Poisoning Attack. Socialist Corbyn Immediately Shills For Them.
Britain's 'worst ever' child grooming scandal exposed: Hundreds of young girls raped, beaten, sold for sex and some even KILLED
Winston Churchill’s Beliefs on Islam Would Get Him Jailed and Deported from the UK Today
Monday, March 12. 2018
"We can forgive the Arabs for killing our children. We cannot forgive them for forcing us to kill their children. We will only have peace with the Arabs when they love their children more than they hate us."
Nock’s Volley Gun: Clearing the Decks in the 1700s
Maybe it’s time for everyone to give up on social media
The Hottest Social Scene In Town Isn’t The Singles’ Bar. It’s The Supermarket.
The Brown Marmorated Stink Bug is coming to your house
Yes, I have seen some around
Canadian Government: “consider the gendered impacts of climate change”
California Has Too Much Green Energy
Why does the left not condemn Farrakhan’s anti-semitism?
The Broward Sheriff’s Juvenile Arrest Conspiracy Might Actually Be True
There’s a Nazi on the Ballot: How Could Illinois GOP Let This Happen?
Former CIA Officer Exposes Clinton Charity Fraud As Biggest Scandal In US History
Chairman Nunes Reveals Fusion GPS Connection to Obama White House…
Full Employment? Even With 313,000 New Jobs, We're Not There Yet
“Trump Is The Devil”: Los Angeles Investor Urges Protesters To Shut Down Streets, Block POTUS Motorcade
Whisper It, But Maybe Trump Isn’t That Bad After All
Critics bash Trump for not listening — but offer no solutions
STORMY DANIELS? SERIOUSLY?
CNN Follows Porn Star Stormy Daniels to the Strip Club
We're From the International Community and We're Here to Help
Afghanistan: A War without an Objective, 6,000 Days In
Conservative Activists Martin Sellner and Brittany Pettibone Detained in UK for Political Beliefs
While We Scrutinize Russia, China Is Taking Over The World
How the World Should View China: Friend, Foe, or Somewhere Between?
Ben Shapiro: Justin Trudeau is a Teenage Girl
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